Nairobi — Safaricom Foundation has contributed over Sh1.8 billion towards Kenya's development for the last 10 years. Speaking during the 10th anniversary, Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joseph Ogutu said the foundation has in that period implemented over 700 projects countrywide.
"We have 10 years of results, demonstrated by sustainable programmes and strong and enduring community partnerships countrywide," he said. Some of the projects by the foundation include helping 830,000 Kenyans receive specialized health services through mobile medical camps and building classrooms for over 680,000 children.
This includes constructing 50 special units to cater for the special learning needs of children with various forms of disabilities. Over 200,000 people have been economically empowered through community based income generation projects and 172,000 people being able to access clean and safe water for domestic use through community water projects.
In addition, the foundation has planted over 5.6 million trees in community nurseries and in large scale conservation projects. "We don't just give a cheque, we get involved through the entire life cycle of the project, we monitor projects, and we have an active staff participation programme," Ogutu pointed out.
"As a business, we believe that Corporate Social Investments goes far beyond acts of philanthropy, but is a powerful contributor to sustainable development," Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said during the event held in Nairobi. He said the 10 year journey has been made possible through the support of trusted partners, the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.